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by Snowmelt
Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free will vs determinism in Buddhism?
Replies: 264
Views: 5873

Re: Free-will is it an illusion?

Phenomena just are. 'Me' being or not being in control doesn't come into it. It's a kind of clinging. The Buddhist practice is to see that and thus let go. Except the reality is that until we have the insight to see it as it is, we need to work with the "me," which is the purpose of the precepts, o...
by Snowmelt
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:56 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Don't know how to subscribe
Replies: 2
Views: 1029

Re: Don't know how to subscribe

Greetings Snowmelt, Alas, we've never been able to get the Dhamma Wheel e-mail function (and thus, spin-off functions like Subscriptions) working although believe it or not we are still in discussions with people who may be able to provide us with some technical assistance. Metta, Retro. :) Thanks ...
by Snowmelt
Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:04 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Don't know how to subscribe
Replies: 2
Views: 1029

Don't know how to subscribe

I have read the FAQ bits about subscribing to a topic, but I still don't know how to do it. Can anyone help, please?

Sorry, just realised I put this in the wrong place.
by Snowmelt
Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do we create karma every second
Replies: 20
Views: 2169

Re: Do we create karma every second

TheDhamma wrote:
tiltbillings wrote: Every time you make a choice you make kamma.
Which is almost all the time. For example, doing 'nothing' is also a choice.
Only if you mentally make a choice. If there is no mental "choice activity", then there is no choice. The result of not making a choice is also doing nothing, potentially.
by Snowmelt
Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:03 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination in Thailand Info & Advice
Replies: 42
Views: 5989

Re: Ordination in Thailand Info & Advice

Perhaps you have already heard of Wat Pah Nanachat? It is a monastery established by Ajahn Chah for monks from countries other than Thailand. I have heard good things about it. The website appears to be down at the moment, but Wikipedia has this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Pah_Nanachat" onclic...
by Snowmelt
Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris and Buddhism
Replies: 28
Views: 3539

Re: Sam Harris and Buddhism

How useful is the feverish Western pursuit of truth - and feverish promotion of the importance of truth - above all else? Does it result in happiness? Does it produce truth? Does it reduce the amount of lies in the world? I would appreciate any comments on this.
by Snowmelt
Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Metta request
Replies: 26
Views: 2877

Re: Metta request

Wow, thanks so much for these kind responses! Evidently one little hemorrhage causes a heck of a lot of pain. Our human bodies are so fragile. I'm back home, thank goodness. Re-check with doc in one-two days. Thanks all, very much :anjali: Nice to see you back. http://static.apolyton.net/forums/ima...
by Snowmelt
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Abortion.
Replies: 78
Views: 7170

Re: Buddhism and Abortion.

Chris wrote:Hello all,

[long post ... see above]

metta
Chris
A missive from the coal face: a very well composed posting, Chris. I find your signature very pertinent, too.
by Snowmelt
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Metta request
Replies: 26
Views: 2877

Re: Metta request

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by Snowmelt
Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Metta request
Replies: 26
Views: 2877

Re: Metta request

Loving-kindness to you, dear Drolma.
by Snowmelt
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 6947

Re: Tantra

To add, some comments are so outrageous that I wouldn't even know where to begin! http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e253/scyleia/Smilies/thshakinghead.gif I would rather drop the whole matter now than risk upsetting Drolma. Hmm ... I guess that means that community is sometimes more important to me...
by Snowmelt
Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Arahats of Theravada and the Reliability of the Tipitaka
Replies: 10
Views: 1730

Re: The Arahats of Theravada and the Reliability of the Tipitaka

To me it is a serious question as to what extent one should, having assiduously followed the advice of the Kalama Sutta and so determined for oneself that the Dhamma is efficacious and worthy of full devotion, just dive in, disregarding all external notions of truth and falsehood as hindrances to ad...
by Snowmelt
Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Arahats of Theravada and the Reliability of the Tipitaka
Replies: 10
Views: 1730

Re: The Arahats of Theravada and the Reliability of the Tipitaka

Many academics have their own background and they tend to see things from a specific point of view, I find it hard to see academics with a good conceptual understanding of Buddhism. I have either had contact or read texts from academics who see Buddhism as merely another offspring of the vedic trad...
by Snowmelt
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: across the lines - wrong understanding
Replies: 66
Views: 7298

Re: across the lines - wrong understanding

... I see no reason to think that Buddhist traditions are any more "the same religion" than Abrahamic traditions are "the same religion". Whilst there may be certain common historical themes there are also radical differences in their beliefs. If you compare the Theravada and Mahayana belief struct...
by Snowmelt
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Arahats of Theravada and the Reliability of the Tipitaka
Replies: 10
Views: 1730

Re: The Arahats of Theravada and the Reliability of the Tipitaka

A trio of telling broadsides! :) I will follow with interest.
by Snowmelt
Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 79211

Re: Dhamma book written by arahat?

Thanks for the conversation, Nathan. :) Despite my adherence to the Tipitaka, I still found myself considering your point of view and questioning my own to a degree. It wouldn't do for me to get completely hidebound. :) So, thanks.
by Snowmelt
Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 79211

Re: Dhamma book written by arahat?

Hi Snowmelt and welcome to the Dhamma Mosh Pit Sub-Forum. Hello. :) I'm not trying to point a finger at you or anyone else. Understood. :) When it comes to criticisms of possible Arahats then I suggest that first we take the standard description of an Arahat, based on the Tipitika, a complete model...
by Snowmelt
Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Dhamma talk download links
Replies: 12
Views: 1991

Re: Dhamma talk download links

http://www.bswa.org/modules/mydownloads/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

hundreds of dhamma talks, about seventy sutta study talks, and other groovy stuff :)
by Snowmelt
Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 79211

Re: Dhamma book written by arahat?

Peter wrote:
Snowmelt wrote:
green wrote:The 4 saints arise for the good of the world.
Who are the "four saints"?
I assume he means sotapanna, sakadagami, anagami, and arahant.
Understood. Thanks. :)